Editing a PDF form

By Ididmyc600 ยท 8 replies
Jan 24, 2007
  1. Hi all

    I got sent a new version of my companies expense claim form, the last was in a word format, the new one is in a PDF document.

    On the top are about 6 sections such as name, department, etc etc, when I print them off I have to fill these in manually with a pen, is there any way to edit the form so that when its printed it has the fields prefilled with the details.

  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Depends on the document itself and on your PDF application. The PDF documents can contain fillable forms and JavaScript, among other things, but not all readers can make use of them (or the features might be disabled in the settings).
  3. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,415

    Hi Mic

    I have adobe reader v5 and thats it, can I email the form to you so you can see what it is, its nowt private just a company expense form.

  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Not sure about Adobe,but MS Powerpoint will do this.
    It comes with MS Office.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    to edit PDFs, you need to have the FULL version of Adobe, which is a professional program. Readers only allow you to look at the text or fill in forms.

    There are many programs that allow creation of PDFs from other sources. OpenOffice is one of them. There also also converters DOC to PDF for example, but to edit PDF in PDF format, you need Adobe professional itself.
  6. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,415

    Cheers Tedster for the reply, I dont intend downloading the full version of adobe just because im to lazy to pick up a pen,

  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    The full version of adobe costs several hundred dollars. I don't think there is a downloadable bought version of it. I got my copy through my work under a government license.
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,739   +417

    Actually, if they expected you to be able to fill it out on the computer they created it wrong. There are documents I have to fill out occationally at work and they allow me to enter in data in fields, I just can't save, but I can print.

    You can do that with a modern version of Acrobat Reader, provided the creater of the PDF correctly created it.
  9. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,415

    Ah I see, well I cant see the company boys recreating it coz im to lazy to fill a few fields in, so like I said its out with the pen, ahh what happened to the paperless office..?

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